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Journalism ethics code proposed

A barrister who represented footballer Ryan Giggs in a “notorious” legal battle with a tabloid newspaper has explained plans for the creation of a journalists' “code of ethics and responsibility”.

Hugh Tomlinson QC outlined proposals for a new system of media regulation — drawn up by a group including academics, lawyers and journalists — to an inquiry into press ethics. Mr Tomlinson told the Leveson Inquiry in London yesterday that he was a member of the group and had drafted proposals.

The Media Regulation Roundtable group proposes a regulatory system which would protect the media's right to “publish information on public interest matters” and “protect the privacy and reputational rights of individuals”.

Inquiry chairman Lord Justice Leveson said he had requested the proposals.

Details of the round table group's proposals are outlined in a statement on the Leveson Inquiry website.

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